After a breakout 2013 campaign that established him as one of the best second basemen in all of Major League Baseball, Jason Kipnis of the Cleveland Indians got off to a bit of a slow start in 2014. To make matters worse, the 27-year-old was placed on the 15-day disabled list as a result of an oblique injury more than three weeks ago, and he has been going through the rehab process since that point.
However, it appears that Kipnis will be activated to join the Major League club prior to Wednesday’s game against the Chicago White Sox.
Jason Kipnis (15-day DL) has joined #Indians in Chicago, however no official roster move has been made to add him to the 25-man roster
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) May 27, 2014
As noted by the official Twitter account of the Indians, the call-up of Kipnis has not been made official to this point, and there is some debate on what corresponding roster move will be made. Still, it seems inevitable that Kipnis will re-join the club for Wednesday, and that is a huge infusion for a team that sits five games under .500 after Memorial Day.
For the season, the talented second baseman has produced only a .234/.354/.394 slash line with 3 home runs in 113 plate appearances, but the plate discipline has been there (15.0% walk rate) and the production will likely follow. Without Jason Kipnis in the lineup, the Cleveland Indians simply aren’t the same team that won 92 games in 2013, and the addition of his talents could potentially right the ship for a flailing team.